Saturday, March 11, 2006
In Spirit Walker, the sequel to Wolf Brother, the bear is gone and Torak is living with the Raven Clan. The Ravens are good to Torak, but Torak, used to living alone, never quite feels at home in the Raven camp, and he misses Wolf terribly. Now, a horrible sickness is spreading through the clans, a sickness that may have been caused by the Soul-Eaters. Torak leaves Raven clan to find a cure for the sickness, a journey that will take him to new lands and challenge him with new dangers. Along the way, Torak finds friendship and learns a little more about himself.
Like the first book, this is an exciting adventure that holds your attention from the very first page. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and the mysteries unfold as Torak's journey progresses. Michelle Paver has done extensive research, and the many details of hunter-gatherer life enrich the story. Spirit Walker is a little darker than the first book; the Soul-Eaters do some pretty horrible things. It's not a book for sensitive readers, but most pre-teens and teens, especially fans of the first book, will love it.
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You know, I really enjoyed the first book (on audio with Ian McKellan!) but there was something about the ending that rubbed me wrong. I can't to this day quite put my finger on it.
Wow, Ian McKellan on the audio, that must have been good. I listen to a lot of audio books, but I read the paper for this series. I wonder what it was about the ending that hit you wrong.
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